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Internet firm eBay has today announced the creation of 150 additional jobs at its European headquarters in Dublin. The jobs expansion at the company’s European Centre of Excellence in Blanchardstown is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA Ireland. The new permanent positions have been created in customer service, personal account management and process enhancement.  People can apply to eBay directly for the positions by doing Google searches for “ebay jobs in ireland” as the website created for this purpose is currently unavailable. eBay, together with its online payment company PayPal, already employs over 1,600 people at its Blanchardstown site. Dublin helping eBay grow The Taoiseach Brian…

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A Wicklow-based mother of two children with autism, Lisa Domican, has developed a new iPhone app that she hopes will help children with autism better build their communications skills. The app, which has already been successfully trialled in the Saplings School in Rathfarnham for children with autism, is called “Grace” (named after Lisa’s daughter) and is based on the principle of picture exchange communication. It was developed by Lisa in conjunction with software developer Steve Troughton-Smith, and with the support of Telefonica O2 Ireland. “As the mother of two children with autism, I know it works, I’ve seen the positive impact it has had on my own children, and therefore…

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A new social-networking player has entered the scene to take on micro-messaging player Twitter with a service that enables macro-messages of 300 characters. The Whispurr social-networking service promises to bridge the online world with the offline world. According to Conor Devine, director of Whispurr.com , macro-messaging is a 300-character message which can be sent online by a real-time ‘whisp’ or via Whispurr’s free SMS message to a mobile-phone service. But can the service take on Twitter, which last week achieved its 10-billionth ‘tweet’ and now boasts 60 million users around the world. According to Devine, Whispurr developers work around the clock to churn out new time-saving measures to make communication as easy as possible. As a…

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Cable broadband and TV player UPC has ratcheted up its broadband subscriber numbers and now reaches 148,000 subscribers. CEO Robert Dunn said €400 million has been invested in upgrading the company’s Irish network. The company now passes some 877,400 homes overall, out of which 713,300 are termed revenue-generating units. Subscribers for UPC’s digital cable services stood at 276,900 while subscribers for its analog services stood at 153,600. The company has 74,300 MMDS subscribers. UPC currently serves 148,100 homes with high-speed cable broadband and has a total addressable broadband market at present of 593,000 homes. The company is also currently building out a next-generation network that will offer speeds of up…

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One of the most trusted leaders in advertising, Ogilvy & Mather has been appointed as agency partner to the Jacob Fruitfield Food Group with effect from January 2010. The agency will be responsible for creating new advertising campaigns for brands such as Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Kimberly, Mikado and Coconut Creams.  It will also work on Jacob Fruitfield’s other brands, including Chef and Fruitfield. “We relish the exciting prospect of developing the truly iconic campaigns that these well loved Irish brands deserve,” said Gervaise Slowey, managing director, Ogilvy & Mather. According to Jacob Fruitfield, the company plans to invest heavily in building its top brands in 2010, “Advertising has always played a key role…

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Ireland’s Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD, has made an application to the European Commission seeking support to reskill the 1,900 Dell workers in Limerick who will lose their jobs later this year. Earlier this year, the long-anticipated closure of Dell’s factory in Limerick was confirmed after spiralling costs in the Irish economy made its future untenable. The factory is being moved to a new location in southern Poland. Dell will continue to employ 2,000 people in Ireland engaged in higher-value activities. Today, Minister Coughlan submitted an application to the European Commission seeking support from the European Globalisation Fund (EGF) for training and other supports…

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Steve Jobs Not Expected to Deliver Keynote at WWDC A top list of Apple executives have been asked to speak at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but there’s a good chance there will be no sign of Steve Jobs, as he is still on sick leave. Instead of Jobs, a top team of Apple executives led by Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide product marketing, will deliver the much-anticipated keynote speech. As expected, coming to this year’s WWDC, the hand-selected executives from Apple will be focusing on covering in-depth information on what Apple deems the most advanced mobile operating system (OS) in the world, the iPhone OS 3.0. They will…

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